New VX-261, VX-264 Offer Many Improvements to Analog Portfolio
For users that only need low cost analog 2-way radio communications, Vertex Standard now offers the VX-260 series. The radios were designed with improvements to replace the VX-230 and VX-350 platforms that will end production at the end of June.
The radio is 40% louder, has more signalling options, and includes additional safety features. Universal batteries/chargers and the same microphone connector makes it easy to reuse audio accessories. Programming software and cloning cable are the same too.
You won’t be able to clone your frequencies from older non-identical radios or upgrade to digital. As with all Vertex Standard models there is a 3 year depot warranty.
Last Day to Order Vertex VX-231, VX-351, VX-354 is 6/26/15
The chart below identifies the Vertex Standard radio models that will end production. For those who need a VX-231, VX-351, or VX-354 to keep their fleet identical, it is recommended to place your orders prior to 6/26/15.
Motorola announced this week another analog-only radio is pending cancellation. Professional Series Waris CDM VHF and UHF mobiles end production in June. The CDM 750, CDM 1250, and CDM 1550 LS+ will be replaced by MOTOTRBO DMR digital radios with backward analog capability. Motorola trade-in incentives toward MOTOTRBO upgrades have been popular but end this month.
Vertex Standard Introduces EVX-530 Series IS Models at IWCE 2015
If you have been waiting for a low cost intrinsically-safe digital DMR radio that is certified for use in Class I, II, III, Division 1; Groups C,D,E,F,G; Temp T3C hazardous locations, Vertex Standard has the solution. New EVX-530 IS models are now available in VHF or UHF with analog and DMR Digital Tier 2 TDMA.
The new models including the EVX-539 with display and full keypad are priced under $500.
Cradlepoint is offering a $75 mail-in rebate to end users who purchase the COR IBR1100 series. The promo is valid for purchases starting 1/27/15 through 6/30/15. All you need is your invoice and submit the rebate form before 7/31/15.
The rugged COR IBR1100 series is designed for public-safety, ems, and transit vehicles needing always-on 3G/4G LTE broadband connectivity. It is available with WiFi for most cellular carriers including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. There are also models without WiFi at a reduced cost.
With the introduction of the Motorola Solutions Minitor VI fire pager, you now have the choice between a UL certified intrinsically-safe model or one that does not have the certification.
Intrinsically-safe electronic equipment can be used in hazardous atmospheres with dangerous concentrations of flammable gases or dust. Non-intrinsically-safe electronic devices could cause an explosion by creating a spark or excessive heat.
Should I Order an Intrinsically-Safe Minitor VI?
Unless your fire department has a formal intrinsic safety program, you probably should save the $50 and buy the non-intrinsically-safe model. Another way to determine if you need IS is to check your radio for the FM Certification label. If your radio is not IS then your Minitor VI should not need the certification.
Motorola lowband, VHF, and UHF amplified chargers for the Minitor V can no longer be ordered after 3/31/15. An intent-to-cancel notice for the RLN5704, RLN5705, and RLN5706 was announced this week. The only Motorola charger available for the Minitor V will be the RLN5703 standard charger.
It’s time to upgrade to the Minitor VI that includes stored voice capability and a 2 year standard warranty.
Need a quote to upgrade your Minitor V’s? Call us for a quote at 302-734-9250 during business hours M-F 8-5pm EST or use the form below.
Motorola Solutions announced their MOTOTRBO trade-in promotion for end users who purchase 10 or more XPR 7000, SL 7000, XPR 3000, or CP200d digital DMR two-way radios. Orders must be in increments of 10 radios on a single invoice.
You can mix and match models with different trade-in allowances and receive the appropriate discount. Eligible trade-in radios include any business band two-way radio or a push-to-talk cellular product.
The discounts will be applied on the front end and equipment returns are our responsibility including the shipping. The are no rebates for users without trade-in radios this time.
Contact us at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or use the form below.
Most Analog-only Models Cancelled As Digital Prices Drop
All CP110 analog radio models including the MURS license-free version can no longer be ordered from Motorola. The CP110 joins the CP200, CP200 XLS, and PR400 analog–only portables that also ended production. Only a few Intrinsically-safe PR 400 portables will be available until June of 2015.
Analog-only CM200, CM300, and PM400 mobile models have also been retired.and are no longer available. Replacement accessories will continue to be available and depot repair support remains for now.
There have been no announcements about the future of the analog-only BPR40, CP185, and VL50 radios. We would not be surprised to see them retired next year.
Complete List of Motorola Analog Models Cancelled
Cancelled CP110, CP110m Portable Models
Cancelled CP200, CP200 XLS, PR400 Portable Models
Cancelled CM200, CM300, PM400 Mobile Models
New Digital Capable Models Provide Analog Operation
The MOTOTRBO CP200d, SL300, XPR 3000, CM200d, CM300d, and XPR 2500 are the best replacements when adding radios to your radio fleet. They can be programmed with analog for compatibility with your existing system but you wont have to replace them when you move to digital.
All Vertex EVX-530, 5300, and 5400 Series Have Texting Capability
Digital DMR eVerge radios have text message capability for discreet communications and reducing voice traffic. Texting can improve efficiency on a busy channel and provides an acknowledgement the message was received.
The non-display EVX-531 and numeric display EVX-5300 are limited to 3 “send-only” pre-programmed messages. The full display models can store up to 24 predefined 32-character messages. SMS text messages can be sent to individual radios or groups with the press of a single button. Sending texts to a cell phone is not possible.
Steps to Send and Receive Pre-Programmed Messages
Sending With EVX-534/539 Display Radio
Press assigned button for TEXT MSG mode, INBOX appears
Scroll menu with A/B keys, select SEL MSG, press D for OK
Scroll with A/B keys for message, press D key for OK
Select SEND, press D key for OK
Receiving A Text Message
Press assigned button for TEXT MSG mode, INBOX appears
Most recent text message is displayed
To view sender, select TEXT MSG mode button
Delete by selecting TEXT MSB button again, select Y, D or save by pressing C button
ABC Delaware Chapter Brings Construction Technology Event to Sussex County
ABC Delaware chapter members and guests can see the latest in construction technology by attending the Kent/Sussex Dinner Meeting on December 11, 2014. The event starts at 5:00 pm at the Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown. Registration is required and non-members are invited.
Mobile Workforce Productivity Enhancements Using Wireless Communications
We will have hands-on demonstrations of the following equipment:
Magnum AVL GPS fleet and asset tracking showing locations, stops, arrival/departure times from a smartphone
Cradlepoint 3G/4G modems for on the job internet access and office backup
Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad rugged computers you can use outdoors in direct sunlight or rain that will survive a 5 ft drop
Motorola MOTOTRBO SL300 digital 2-way job site radios with long battery life
3M Peltor hearing protection for the job site – win a set of the new TEP-100 electronic earplugs!